Joan of Arcadia
Romancing The Joan

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He walks back to his office looking pretty smug. Helen: "What?" He tells her about Lucyfer's promotion: "She's going to Washington." Helen: "Oh…I think she's gonna like it there." They laugh and walk out with their arms around each other. The camera drifts across Lucyfer's face as she watches them go. So…that's it? And if so…really, was it worth it? Whatever. Don't let your pointy little tail get caught in the door on your way out.

Joan's shelving books in the children's section of the bookstore when she hears Little Girl God's voice reading, "'…lived happily ever after.' There's a surprise." Joan turns around to see Little Girl God in a lavender paper crown, a pink sweater with a big red heart on it, pink gingham skirt, multicoloured pink tights, and pink rubber boots, sitting in a bean bag chair. She adds, "You guys really like that ending." Joan: "Yeah, well, you have a better one?" Little Girl God: "'They all moved toward spiritual growth and enlightenment'?" Joan: "Yeah. That's gonna work with the kids." Little Girl God asks, "Ever notice the guy always has to risk his life and the girl is nearly dead when he finds her? It takes a kiss to wake her up, and they ride off together." She says it's a nice metaphor for death and resurrection. Joan thinks that's a fun party game. Little Girl God elaborates: "It happens all the time. The illusion dies so that something deeper can take its place." Now Joan's interested; she wanders over and sits down in front of her: "Are you saying that…Adam and I are an illusion?" Little Girl God explains, "Romance serves a purpose. It's a meditative state. It puts logic to sleep so that people can come together. Otherwise you guys probably wouldn't risk it." Joan wants to know why God had to make love so complicated: "Couldn't that one thing have been easy?" Little Girl God: "Love is big. It's a bright light in the universe. And a bright light casts a big shadow. So what do you want to do, Joan?" Joan exhales sharply: "How am I supposed to know?" Little Girl God gets up and hands Joan the book she was reading, saying, "By looking at it. Real love is hard work. You have to decide if you want it in your story. Or…if you'd rather just stay in the dream." Little Girl God takes off with a Godwave. Joan opens the book, The World of Ripple Pond, to the last page, where the damsel and knight are on the back of a white horse, kissing. If she starts a daydream where she's wearing a wimple and is on the back of a mighty steed with Adam, I'm outta here.

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